20.03.14 – 16.04.14
Sala d’Art Jove and Homesession collaboration.
Sala d’Art Jove. Calàbria 147. BCN
Debate assembly: Art and social movements: the voice of the curator
Miguel Amado, Alba Benavent, Lucía Piedra G, Aria Spinelli
Exhibition curated by Aria Spinelli.
Francesc Abad, Rolando d’Alessandro, Studio Azzurro, Angelo Castucci, Domènec, Fernando De Filippi, Nuria Güell, Ugo La Pietra, Laboratorio di Comunicazione Militante, Leland Palmer, Daniela Ortiz & Xose Quiroga, Rhaze, Giovanni Rubino, Roberto Taroni, Claudia Ventola.
The exhibition is the last appointment for the curatorial residency independent curator Aria Spinelliconducted at Homesession in Barcelona. As curator in residence and member of Radical Intention, Aria Spinelli proposed a culturally specific and local investigation in the region of Barcelona. Collateral Effects – Beyond Radical Milan initiates a discussion concerning the relationship between art and politics within a european and local framework. As a tangent project to Radical Intention’s ongoing research, Collateral Effects – Beyond Radical Milan looks at issues that were raised throughout Radical intention’s year-long project Milano Radicale (2011-2012). These issues regard in particular art’s engagement with social movements, the social impact of movements on artistic profession, forms of alternative knowledge and the impact of technology, the notion of the political and its relation to practice.
The show Aria Spinelli has curated for the Sala d’Art Jove consists of a series of artworks, which were produced and presented in Milan for Milano Radicale, as well as audiovisual documentation of 2014 and 2011 public programs, which took place respectively at Homesession in Barcelona, and Medionauta in Milan. By hypothesizing possible common historical and cultural continuities between practices from different socio-historical backgrounds, the exhibition creates a collective conceptual framework, within which relations between artworks and documental material unfold common groundings. The show takes on the form of the “assembly”, referring specifically to an intergenerational dialogue: opposing ideas, conceptual barriers, ‘agonism’ and ‘conflict’ are in fact the guidelines to understanding these artistic practices, whether under the form of artworks or documentation.
Collateral Effects – Beyond Radical Milan is funded by Loughborough University as part of the practice-based PhD program.
Aria Spinelli is an independent curator and researcher. She holds a BA in Contemporary Art History from the La Sapienza University of Rome and an MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from the New Academy of Art in Milan (NABA). She is a practiced-based PhD candidate in the School of Arts at Loughborough University (UK). Aria Spinelli’s primary area of research is the relationship between art and activism, focalizing on the impact of the social imaginary on contemporary artistic and curatorial practices. Aria collaborated with institutions and galleries such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Castello di Rivoli in Turin (2005-2006) and Christian Stein Gallery in Milan (2008-2009). In 2009 She also founded art and curatorial collective Radical Intention, with whom the past four years she has been creating long-term research projects on socio-political issues related to art and its practices. Aria has also been invited to curate and collaborate on community art and socially engaged projects and shows, such as Taking Positions – Identity Questioning (Fare arte, Milan, Italy w/ACSL – Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory, Yerevan, Armenia); Horror Vacui – Occupying the present, (Isola Art Center, Milan, April – June 2010) G for Gentrification, (Isola Art Center, Milan, May – July 2011); Being Visible – Contemporary ways of signification (CHAN arte, Genoa, Italy).